HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. PlayStation VR Specs Comparison

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We put 2016’s three big virtual reality headset experiences against each in a head-to-head tech off.

If you hadn’t caught the news – or that terrible Time Magazine cover – 2016 is the year where the dream of virtual reality and the technology to deliver virtual reality can finally co-exist. No more clunky, uncomfortable headsets, compromised visuals and half-baked experiences – virtual reality is now sophisticated, spectacular and, more importantly, sensational fun. A smorgasbord of tasty VR treats are on the horizon with approximately 20 companies jumping on the bandwagon with their own take on the technology, but three stand out. The HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR (previously called Project Morpheus).

At the time of writing, details are still being solidified as announcements slowly drip-feed into the public space, but we’re starting to get a very clear picture of how the individual headsets intend to market themselves, and what feature sets they will offer. Below you will find everything we know thus far compiled in a comparison table.

HTC VivePlaystation VROculus Rift
Owner(s)HTC and ValveSony Computer EntertainmentFacebook
Release DateTBCOctober 20165/1/2016
Price (including GST)$US879$US399$US649
Display Resolution2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye)1920 x 1080 (960 x 1080 per eye)2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye)
Screen TechnologyOLEDOLEDOLED
Refresh Rate (Hz)9012090
Maximum Frame-Rate90 frames-per-second120 frames-per-secondTBC
Field of View110-degrees or more100-degrees110-degrees or more
Integrated AudioNoNoYes
Bluetooth Mobile IntegrationYesNoNo
Forward Facing CameraYesNoNo
Head TrackingLighthouse - 2 base stations emitting pulsed laser - gyrosensor and accelerometer360-degree head trackingConstellation - 360-Degree head tracking system using infrared
Body TrackingYes, via laser position sensors over a 15-foot by 15-foot areaNoNo
FormatPCPS4PC
System DashboardSteamVRPlayStation NetworkOculus Home
Controller2 x SteamVR controllers (one for each hand)PlayStation Move or DualShockXbox One Controller or 2 x Oculus Touch Controllers
Required EquipmentTBCPlayStation 4 or PlayStation VitaIntel i5-4590 Processor or better; 8GB or more RAM; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 or better, HMDI 1.3 video output, 3x USB3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port, Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or better
Bundled WithSteam, Room Scale Sensors, 2 x SteamVR Controllers - Games when pre-ordered: Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Tilt BrushTBCOculus Remote, Xbox controller - Games when pre-ordered: EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale
Launch Titles120+90+30
WeightTBCTBC< 380g
Audio TechnologyNANew PlayStation 3D Audio EngineVisisonics RealSpace 3D Audio
Virtual Reality StoreTBCTBCYes
Games HighlightsHas the backing of Valve (Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike) and will be integrated into Steam distribution network. Supported by popular, multiformat middleware solution Unreal Engine 4.Sony's first and second-party studios are making a dedicated product for the device. There is also strong indie support on the PS4. PlayStation VR can operate in tandem with the PS4, which means multiplayer can occur where up to four people use a TV screen and a fifth uses VR.Strongly supported by indie developers; 20 Oculus funded second-party games in development; can stream Xbox One games to a virtual screen, but not in native VR
Advised PC SpecsGPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or betterNAGPU: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon 290 equivalent or greater
CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or betterCPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
RAM: 4GBRAM: 8GB
Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newerVideo Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3
Ports: 1x USB 2.0Ports: 2x USB 3.0
OS: Windows 7 SP1 or laterOS: Windows 7 SP1 or later
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